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Three Ways to Explore sea louth, Louth’s Scenic Seafood Trail

Updated: Apr 5, 2023

The sea louth scenic seafood trail takes in the very best that coastal Louth has to offer – from the finest locally sourced seafood and world-class restaurants to breath-taking scenery and beautiful beaches. The beauty of the sea louth trail is that it is designed to be explored at leisure – the sea louth passport has no expiry date, so you can dip in and out of the trail as time allows.

Here are three sea louth itineraries for you to choose from.

Itinerary 1 – Drogheda to Clogherhead

Kick-start your trail in historic Drogheda – grab a sea louth passport from the Tourist Office, located in The Tholsel, a striking local landmark which dates back to 1770. Head to Drogheda Museum Millmount to learn more about the history of the town and to pick up a Drogheda scenic viewpoint stamp. Highlanes Gallery is another stamp collection point and is well worth a visit, for its eclectic exhibitions and impressive location in a former Franciscan church and friary.

Grab a bite to eat at one of sea louth participating restaurants in the town, all of which offer a delicious local seafood special which counts as one of the necessary two restaurant stamps for your sea louth passport.

Head on up to the tranquil village Baltray, its shallow lagoons a haven for wild birds. Then onto Termonfeckin, which is famed for its Seapoint Golf Links Course, a former PGA Championship host course. Be sure to pick up your scenic viewpoint stamps for both locations!

Clogherhead is a popular spot with day-trippers – see where the daily catch is landed at Port Oriel Harbour, and dine on straight-off-the-boat fish and chips from the Fishermans Catch van (May 2022, Fri-Sun, 12-6pm - check for latest opening hours). Enjoy magnificent views of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains to the north and Lambay Island to the south.

Itinerary 2– Dundalk to Port Beach

The vibrant town of Dundalk is gaining a name for itself when it comes to fine dining – not least for its mouth-wateringly fresh local seafood! Work up an appetite by taking in the SEEK murals on a unique walking history tour. Pick up your sea louth passport from the tourist office here on Market Square.

Make for the seaside and the pretty village of Blackrock, where you can enjoy a walk along the promenade and enjoy far-reaching views out over Dundalk Bay. The Crafty Rock is where you will pick up your Blackrock sea louth passport stamp.

Then on to the village of Anngassan, the Viking capital of Ireland. A new Virtual Reality Experience at The Glyde Inn takes you back to that time through the eyes of ‘Bjorn the Bear’. You will also feast Viking-style on a smorgasbord of fresh local seafood, including Anngassan razor clams, cockles and mussels (changes seasonally).

Port Beach, one of three Blue Flag Beaches along the sea louth trail, is the final stop, and the perfect spot to enjoy a stroll, breathing in the salty sea air. You may even be lucky enough to find a quirky pelican’s foot shell.

Itinerary 3 – Carlingford and Surrounds

Medieval Carlingford is a Louth day trip destination in its own right, with a fantastic choice of restaurants serving the local catch, including award-winning Carlingford and Cooley Oysters.

The Carlingford Lough Greenway hugs the coast up to Omeath to spectacular effect. Drink in the views before popping into P. Mulligan, The Corner House for your Greenway passport stamp.

A visit to historic railway town Greenore is an absolute must. The charming Greenore Co-op with its Victorian Tea Rooms and quirky model railway/maritime museum is a must-visit, before hopping on the Carlingford Lough Ferry. Look out for the Finn, the now-famous dolphin, who regularly escorts the boat out of harbour, and the elegant Haulbowline Lighthouse, an active 19th century lighthouse and well-known local landmark.

Enjoy the scenic drive to Templetown Beach, a sheltered, sandy gem ideal for families and those who like a stroll while listening to the breaking waves.

To plan tour sea louth adventure, download a map of the trail. Meanwhile, an up-to-date list of participating restaurants can be found here

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